ACUPUNCTURE is a health modality that has flourished in China for centuries and is used widely in Europe and Asia. It is gaining wider acceptance in the United States. Acupuncture considers you as a whole, not just a conglomerate of symptoms. Acupuncture works to strengthen your physical body as well as your mind and spirit. Studies have shown that acupuncture affects the central and peripheral nervous systems. It is highly effective for pain management because endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, are released.
ACUPUNCTURE works by using the laws of nature to ensure the smooth flow of qi(chi) or life force. All living things have qi. As long as the energy flows along pathways called meridians, health is maintained. Pain or illness happens when the flow of energy is stuck, excessive, deficient or rebellious (going the wrong way). Very thin, sterile disposable needles are inserted on selected points to stimulate and direct the flow of energy to achieve the desired result. Needles may be left in or removed as quickly as they were inserted.
CONDITIONS EFFECTIVELY TREATED with acupuncture include headaches, migraines, tremors, facial ticks, Bell’s palsy, stroke residuals, allergies, sinusitis, infertility, menstrual disorders, turning breached babies, neck and back pain, indigestion, diarrhea, and constipation. A whole slew of symptoms and problems can be naturally treated with acupuncture treatments. The needles are thinner than sewing pins, sterile and disposable.
THE NUMBER OF TREATMENTS depends on the severity and duration of the condition. Since each person is unique and no two conditions are exactly alike the length of treatment will depend on those factors. As with any other health care treatment, acupuncture is more effective with patient compliance in following recommendations at home.
ACUPUNCTURE is preventive medicine; therefore, one does not have to be ill to receive it. Studies have shown that acupuncture boosts the immune system and enhances sensory awareness. People who get regular acupuncture treatments have fewer incidences of colds and flu.
MANY PATIENTS ASK “DO THE NEEDLES HURT?” The needles are very thin, thinner than sewing pins, sterile and disposable. Some people feel a slight prick as the needle penetrates the skin’s surface; others feel nothing at all. Most find acupuncture quite relaxing and will even doze off to sleep during the treatment.